New releases kick-start Apple/Samsung rivalry

Sept. 20, 2012

Cynthia Yeo uses a HTC Wildfire cellphone. It’s not ranked overly high among smart phones, but she is happy with it.
“Pros are it’s not massive and fits in my pocket, it works well as a phone and a mini computer. Cons are the internal memory is low and it can be slow at times.”
If she had to pick between the two most popular cellphones, the Galaxy and iPhone, Yeo would pick the iPhone.
“It has FaceTime, so I can use that if I’m away from home for a long time to keep in touch.”
The iPhone 5 was released Sept. 21, sparking debate about which is better, iPhone 5 or Samsung Galaxy S III. That’s a debate many face these days.
iPhone users like Justin Belanger say Samsung makes a superior phone, but he would still buy the iPhone 5 if he were to buy a new phone.
“The Galaxy is a better phone, no doubt about that, but the iPhone has features I would use more that the Galaxy doesn’t have.”
The feedback online regarding the unveiling of the iPhone 5 was mostly negative as the features announced were things like a bigger screen, making the iPhone the same size as a Galaxy phone.
Apple successfully sued Samsung for copying the iPhone and iPad.
The successful lawsuit now gives Apple the chance to go after other competitors, Motorola and HTC.
Despite the lawsuit, Android phones continue to hold the lead in smartphone sales.
Samsung used the announcement in its commercials, pointing out the new features in the iPhone 5 are features the Galaxy already had.
“I didn’t see the announcement, but I did see Samsung’s commercials making fun of the iPhone,” said Belanger.
For Yeo, the price of the iPhone is a big factor.
“The iPhone is expensive. I would prefer it was free, but on a three-year contract. It’s $600 just to get the phone and no contract.”